Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gophers' Squeaker

You thought I was talking about the men . . . well, before the Gentlemen Gophers played, the unranked ladies were in a tilt with the #13 Buckeyes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ashley Ellis-Milan scored 17 points, including two tiebreaking free throws with 17.3 seconds left, leading Minnesota to a 59-56 win over Ohio State (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) on Thursday for its first win on the Buckeyes' home court.

The Golden Gophers (12-5, 4-2 Big Ten) never trailed after the 9:31 mark of the first half, although the Buckeyes (14-3, 5-1) pulled even twice in the second half.

Minnesota was 0-23 at Ohio State.
The testosterone Gophers win, in OT, 78 - 74. So, unfortunately for the ladies, that will be your lead story.

I all but wrote the men off at just under a minute, and then Westbrook took over.
MADISON, Wis. -- Lawrence Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with two seconds left in regulation, then scored nine points in overtime as Minnesota (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) rallied for a 78-74 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night.

Westbrook scored 29 points to lead the Gophers (16-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who rallied from a nine-point deficit with 3:24 remaining to steal a rare road victory at the Kohl Center. Minnesota hadn't won at Wisconsin since Feb. 12, 1994
What a club!

This game ranks up there with the day Bobby Knight's Indiana was up by 7 with 22 seconds left. Gophers tied that game as well, and got the W in over time.

I bleed Maroon as much as I bleed Purple. If you aren't paying attention to Tubby and the boys, you are missing some high octant roundball!


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